Photo credit: Royal College of Art / Shaun James Cox
Joshua is an artist, designer, and educator specialising in kiln-glass. A recent graduate from the Royal College of Art, Joshua’s practice is characterised by an experimental and progressive engagement with materials and process. Joshua studied BA Contemporary Crafts at Falmouth University, graduating in 2011, later returning to hold a position as senior technician. In 2018, Joshua won the Academic Gold Award at the Emerge Glass Prize and subsequently exhibited with Bullseye Projects at Collect 2019. In 2017, Joshua received the Charlotte Fraser Scholarship to study MA Ceramics & Glass at the Royal College of Art, graduating in July this year. Following the completion of his MA, Joshua has been awarded the Tiffany & Co. X Outset Studiomakers prize, and started in a new role as glass lecturer at University for the Creative Arts, Farnham.
Through playful and inquisitive engagement with materials and process I aim to reassess traditional perceptions of glass making; technically, aesthetically and materially. Within my work I utilise the transformative power and metamorphic capabilities of glass to reference the physical characteristics of other, often lower-value, materials – thereby challenging the orthodoxies of material hierarchy. Utilising a broad spectrum of kiln-forming techniques, I generate textures, patterns and colours that are inherently un-glass-like, and instead appear as something else entirely.
With a practice that moves deftly between art, design and craft, I make sculptural and interior objects that transcend traditional boundaries, arouse curiosity, and intrigue viewers.